A new bus service enhancement plan will be rolled out in Abu Dhabi and Al Dhafra regions on Friday (June 26), the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi has announced. This comes as part of ITC's endeavour to improve the quality of services offered as well as creating an integrated and sustainable public transport network.
Bus route modifications
There will be certain bus route modifications in Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafra and Al Ruwais regions. These changes are a result of an extensive study of the bus services that focused on the public demand and aims to offer wider service coverage and better connectivity, the ITC has pointed out.
In Abu Dhabi, Service 43 will be extended to Mushrif Co-Operative Society, while Service 216 will go up to Mohamed Bin Zayed City Bus Station via Khalifa Souk. Service F1 will operate between Makani Mall and Reef Village via Al Falah.
The bus route frequency will also be improved. Services 7, 9, 22, 40, 44, 54, 55, 56, 63, 65, 71, 94, X4 and X5 will operate every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours. Service 23 will operate every 30 minutes during peak hours, and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. Services 102, 160 and 170 will operate every 15 minutes during peak hours. Services 175 and 407 will operate every 30 minutes during peak hours.
Similarly, bus routes will be modified in Al Dhafra region. In Madinat Zayed, Service 662 will operate between Jaber Camp and Maraba'a Al Dhafra via Industrial Area. Service 663 will provide direct connection between the old industrial area and Madinat Zayed Hospital via Madinat Zayed Bus Station. Service 664 will provide direct connection between old industrial area and Baynuna area via Madinat Zayed Bus Station without any transfers. Service 665 will operate between Police Station and Camel Farm Khalifa Mosque via Shabiya Difa'a.
In Al Ruwais also, the bus routes have been altered. Service 881 will terminate at Ruwais Adwea and provide direct connectivity between Al Ruwais Central Bus Station, Jebel Al Dhanna Ferry Terminal, and Jebel Dhanna Adnoc. Service 882 will terminate at Ruwais Mall and provide direct connectivity between Al Ruwais Central Bus Station and Jebel Dhanna Ferry Terminal. Service 880 within Al Ruwais will provide direct connectivity to passengers travelling between Ghayati and Al Ruwais Central Bus Station.
There are new bus routes in Al Ruwais. Services 883 and 884 will connect local residential areas with Al Ruwais Hospital and Al Ruwais Mall providing direct connectivity between the Ruwais Adnoc Bus Station and Al Ruwais Central Bus Station to support intercity and regional passenger transfers.
ITC said it will continue to undertake the necessary precautionary measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19. All public buses in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will undergo disinfection after every bus trip and extensive sterilising at night when they return to bus depots. All contact surfaces such as ticket vending machines will be disinfected on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our passengers, the ITC underlined.
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